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Active older adults

With International Older Peoples Day on October 1st we want to share with you opportunities to be physically active across Swansea

Over the weekend Swansea celebrated International Older Peoples Day, a day created by the United Nations over 30 years ago to celebrate older people.

Making sure you are healthy and active is a great way to live well and age well. 50 and over in Swansea

Many important aspects of healthy ageing can be supported through regular physical activity, and we thought what better way to celebrate than to share with you opportunities across Swansea to get more physically active. 

Do you know how much physical activity you should be doing as an Older Adult?

Activity chart for older adults

It is advised that Older Adults have at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (increased breathing and able to talk) or at least 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week (breathing fast and difficulty talking), or a combination of both.
Examples of moderate intensity activity are:

•    swimming
•    brisk walking
•    cycling

Examples of vigorous intensity activity are:
•    running
•    climbing stairs
•    sport

It is also important to keep muscles, bones and joints strong, ensuring that you build strength on at least 2 days a week. Examples of bone and muscle strengthening activities are:
•    carrying heavy bags
•    gym
•    yoga

For older adults, to reduce the chance of frailty and falls, it is also important to improve balance 2 days a week. Examples of balance activities are:
•    dancing
•    bowls
•    Tai Chi

Older woman doing Tai Chi

Make a start today; it's never too late to try something new and increase your physical activity levels. We encourage older people to get active through one of our many programmes. Activities available will help you to achieve the weekly recommended amount of physical activity, as well as help you build strength and improve balance. In all, reducing your sedentary time, having fun and making friends at the same time.

The over 60's active leisure scheme has been introduced across Wales to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices to reduce health inequalities and social isolation for the over 60's age group. This scheme has been funded by Welsh Government who have invested £1.3 million in Sport Wales to enable the 60 plus population in Wales to live longer, better, and happier lives by improving their physical activity levels, confidence, strength, and balance. 

In Swansea we have developed the Active Older Adult Programme.

Most classes are delivered by Freedom Leisure, and you can be part of their Active Community - be active, be social, be you! 
Check out the timetable here
Book online here.

We are also delivering opportunities in your local communities through our ParkLives and Get healthy through walking programme.

If you feel like you need more support our Our National Exercise Referral Scheme team are here to help!. It offers up to 16 weeks of tailored and supervised physical activity to those at risk or experiencing a long term/chronic health condition.

We would like to ensure that the voices and experiences of older people are at the heart of what we do. If you would like to ask us anything about the information in this blog, please get in touch by email or sign up to our mailing list for regular updates from our team. We also welcome groups in the community to engage with us to further develop opportunities in the local community for Older Adults.

Remember Some is good, more is better.

We hope to see you soon.

Sport and Health team

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